The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli

The role of faith and belief in modern Africa | Ndidi Nwuneli

I was born to two amazing professors who were not religious. In fact, my father’s regular response to the question about why we didn’t go to church on Sundays was, “When others go to pray, I go to play.” Tennis, in case you’re wondering. Faith found me and my siblings when university students came to […]

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Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn’t trust markets with our civic life

Here’s a question we need to rethink together: What should be the role of money and markets in our societies? Today, there are very few things that money can’t buy. If you’re sentenced to a jail term in Santa Barbara, California, you should know that if you don’t like the standard accommodations, you can buy […]

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Why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh

Why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and how to prepare for the next outbreak | Alanna Shaikh

Transcriber: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Camille Martínez I want to lead here by talking a little bit about my credentials to bring this up with you, because, quite honestly, you really, really should not listen to any old person with an opinion about COVID-19. (Laughter) So I’ve been working in global health for about 20 years, […]

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You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe

You don’t have to be an expert to solve big problems | Tapiwa Chiwewe

One winter morning, a couple of years ago, I was driving to work in Johannesburg, South Africa, and noticed a haze hanging over the city. I make that drive on most days, so it was unusual that I hadn’t noticed this before. Johannesburg is known for its distinctive skyline, which I could barely see that […]

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This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira

This is your brain on air pollution | María Neira

There is something we desperately need that we cannot stop doing: it is breathing. Do you want to try? Why don’t we stop breathing together for, let’s say, even 10 seconds. Is that OK? Let’s do it. Get ready … OK, now! Oof, difficult, isn’t it? Well, this is an incredible number that will again […]

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Online predators spread fake porn of me. Here’s how I fought back | Noelle Martin

Online predators spread fake porn of me. Here’s how I fought back | Noelle Martin

[This talk contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual abuse] Can I get a show of hands who here has ever Googled themselves? I have. But what started off as momentary curiosity very quickly turned into an almost five-year horrific battle that almost ruined my life. I Google Images reverse-searched myself: a function of Google […]

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The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

The magic washing machine | Hans Rosling

I was only four years old when I saw my mother load a washing machine for the very first time in her life. That was a great day for my mother. My mother and father had been saving money for years to be able to buy that machine, and the first day it was going […]

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The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash

The perks of being a pirate | Tom Nash

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Krystian Aparta Often when I’m out in public, a child will stare at me. And if the child is particularly brave, they’ll approach me and ask: “Are you a pirate?” (Laughter) To which I then need to respond, once again, “Yes.” (Laughter) I mean, let’s be honest: I’ve got two hooks, […]

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The science of friction — and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail

The science of friction — and its surprising impact on our lives | Jennifer Vail

Transcriber: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Camille Martínez I have to admit that it’s a lot of fun when people ask me what I do for my job, because I tell them I literally rub things together. This sounds ridiculous, just rubbing things together. But it has a technical name: tribology. T-r-i-b-o-l-o-g-y, from the ancient Greek word […]

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Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED Talks

Dare to Educate Afghan Girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh | TED Talks

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast When I was 11, I remember waking up one morning to the sound of joy in my house. My father was listening to BBC News on his small, gray radio. There was a big smile on his face which was unusual then, because the news mostly depressed him. “The […]

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